Spotlight on Waiting Children: A New Vision for LWB Community
Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to China with two fellow Directors, Amy Eldridge and Sheri Russon. We spent nine days literally running through China visiting orphanages, meeting with government officials and our China staff and visiting many of LWB’s programs. The best part of all was meeting the beautiful children in our care. For me, this experience was profound and life changing. What I experienced will stay with me for the rest of my life. A piece of my heart remains in China with so many very special children. Actually, one child in particular captured my heart but I will save that story for another time!
Throughout our trip and since returning home, one need has stayed with me above all others. There are simply too many children waiting for their forever families. There are an overwhelming 1,900 children on the “shared list” currently waiting to be selected for adoption in China…1,900 children waiting to be loved.
LWB’s focus has always been on providing the love, care and nurture that orphaned children need and so deserve. We take every opportunity to advocate for the children in our care and our greatest hope is that each and every child know the love of a forever family.
One of the results of our trip to China is that the focus of LWBcommunity.org is shifting. Now more than ever, we are more committed to shine a light on individual children who are waiting for their chance at a family to call their own. Beginning this week and continuing thereafter, each day LWB will feature a child in our care who is waiting to be chosen. Our hope is to bring their story to life. We will share what we can with you, our faithful readers, so that you will see for yourself what makes each child so special.
On our recent trip to China, we met hundreds of amazing children, each unique in their own way. What struck me the most is the “light” that came from within so many of these children. I could literally see the light radiating from the inside out. That light stays with me today and is the last thing I think of at night and the first thing I think of when I wake in the morning. Despite the many obstacles these children have in their lives, their resilience is remarkable. It gives me HOPE! Hope that someday soon, EVERY child will know love. And, that is what it’s all about!
I invite you to follow us on this new journey, as we advocate for adoption ONE child at a time. Please share with others about our growing community, who also love children and may even be considering a new family member of their own!
Paige Mills-Haag, LWB Director of Operations